Calendar of Events


 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to  Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event.

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Grove, OK: Friday 4-8 pm and Saturday 9 am-2 pm, downtown. 

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Saturday, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesday and Saturday from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 1-6 pm Wednesday, 8:30 am-1 pm Saturday, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10 am-2 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesday TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, directly across from the library downtown. 

Webb City, MO: Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 pm and Saturday 9 am-12 pm. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Pittsburg, KS

August 29-September 4: Little Balkans Days Festival. Full schedule at

Wednesdays: Trivia Night, 7 pm, Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

Thursdays: Thursday Night Line Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

First Friday of the Month: Heavy metal bands, live music, 9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Second Friday of the Month: Drag Shows, 10 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Last Friday of the Month: College Night w/ DJ A Baby, 8 pm-2 am. Free admission with college ID. Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165 Check our Facebook page during the month as artists may offer “popup.”

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration, 3-5:30 pm. Free. Explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on. 

August 14: Ceramic Butter Dishes, 1-4 pm. Create your one-of-a kind butter dish. All supplies included. $45, payable at time of registration. Class limit: 8; 14 years and older.

August 20: Blown Flowers Acrylic Pour Painting, 2-4 pm. Make beautiful blooms on canvas using acrylic paints and pour painting. All supplies and instruction provided. For those with no experience or lots of experience. $35, payable at time of registration. Class limit 10; 14 years and older.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickleball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday: 3-6 pm. 

August 6: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 am, CJ Community Center. Cost: Adults, $6; children under 6, $3. Call 417.439.7724.

Carthage, MO

August 6: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609. 

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

August 6 & 7: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. In the early 1900s, remote tenant farmers in Southern Alabama had a hard time keeping up with farming techniques until the Agricultural School on Wheels came to town. Learn more about this innovative solution to rural farm education that George Washington Carver designed. 

August 13: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. 

August 14: Man of Great Faith, 1 pm. Did you know George Washington Carver had his first religious experience, including his first prayer, while growing up on the Moses Carver farm? Hear how he learned to listen to “the Great Creator” when studying nature and science, and how he communed with God in the stillness of his early-morning walks. 

August 20 & 21: Who was George Washington Carver?, 1 pm. World-renowned scientist, passionate educator and dedicated mentor — George Washington Carver was all of these. Join a park ranger to discover more about this visionary. 

August 27: Storytelling Day, 11 am-2 pm. To celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday, we invite visitors to hear the stories these special places and spaces hold. 

August 28: Epitaphs and Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers. 

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Curbside ordering also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 pm until Thursday at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday. More information: 

August 5: The Woman’s Club of Joplin, noon, Twin Hills Golf & Country Club. Lunch will be served, followed by a program presented by Betsy Fleischaker from Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre. For more information or for reservations, call or text 417.483.6336.

August 20: Joplin Area Welcome Club Presents Bunco Night, 6:30 pm, OGAR Realtor’s Building, 712 Florida Ave. Fundraiser for Nick Winslow’s and Adrienne Vaugn’s medical expenses. Concession, silent auction, prizes, $10 admission. Contact 417.623.0220 or email 

August 23: Joplin Area Welcome Club Luncheon, 11 am, Mythos Restaurant. Guests welcome. For info or reservations, email

In the Ozarks:

August 26-27: Ozarks Homesteading Expo, Marshfield, MO  A two-day educational, sustainable living experience. More than 40 speakers, more than 70 vendors, food trucks. Everything from beekeeping, gardening and alternative energy to livestock care and butchering, food preservation, foraging and much more. For details

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 West Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Call or stop by our office to find out about naturalist-conducted programs and hikes. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm and Saturday 10 am-3 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email or visit for upcoming events. Parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

August 5: Little Acorns: Fun with Fish, 10:30 am. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. Join us for Little Acorns to learn all about the different fish we may see and how they live their lives in the water. Also, make a fun fishy craft to take home! 

August 6: Nature Board Game Event, 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Why not combine two passions and join us to play nature-themed board games? Whether a beginner or avid player of tabletop games, we will have a variety to play for all skill levels and ages.     

August 13: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Wildcat Park. Take a dip in Shoal Creek in your cardboard boat, cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race and enjoy a nature program with the kids. Discover nature and learn about conservation, water quality and ecology at one of the water activity booths as you stroll along the creek. Visit or the Wildcat Glades Friends Group Facebook page for a complete lineup of the day’s events.

August 13: Shoal Creek Water Festival Kids Fishing Derby, 9 am, Walter Woods Conservation Area, 15 and younger. Kids will have the opportunity to catch and release fish from our education pond. Awards and prizes given following the derby. All equipment, tackle and bait provided. Fishing slots are limited, so please register each kid separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult mentor.

August 18: Summer Night at Shoal Creek, 4-8 pm. Drop by during our summer night events as we highlight Shoal Creek after hours. Learn about nocturnal animals, play board games and explore the trails with a trailside discover table at a surprise location. Free event for all ages.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

August 12: Crawdads by the Creek Fundraiser, 6:30 pm, Creekside at Wildcat Glades. A fundraising event to help with the annual Shoal Creek Water Festival. $25 per person or $250 per table of 10. This includes crawdads, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob and a dessert auction with desserts donated by the Wildcat Glades Friends Group volunteers. To register, visit

August 13: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 9 am-2 pm, Creekside at Wildcat Glades. Fishing derby at Walter Woods, lazy river float, people’s choice for cardboard boats and shoebox boats, fishing derby awards, fishing magicians, shoebox boat race, cardboard boat race, shoebox boat awards, duck race and more. There will also be 20-plus information booths, food trucks and free kids‘ activities. 

August 13: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 8:30-9:30 am, $10, ages 16 and up. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Held at the Wildcat Glades education cottage. Space is limited. To register, see the Facebook page or email

August 13: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 am, free class, ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Please sign up on the Facebook page or email 

August 20: Family Crafts Event, 10 am-12 pm. Bring your family to make a craft with our naturalist, Jordyn, and volunteer, Rachel. All supplies provided for a relaxing and creative time.

August 24 & 27: Preschool Program – Caw, Caw said Crow! August 24, 10 am & August 27, 1 pm. Learn about one of the smartest birds. We will read a book, Papa and the Cornbread Crow, sing a song or two and make a craft. 

August 27: Nature Explorers – Tarantulas, 10-11 am. Tarantulas can be hidden all around us in nature. Join Naturalist Jordyn in the search for a tarantula home and learn about this often-misunderstood spider. 

August 31: National Eat Outside Day – Seasonal Foraging, 1 pm, free adult program. Naturalist Jordyn will lead us as we forage for seasonal edibles in nature that we will eat for a nice, light outdoor lunch.

Ottawa County Fair

August 6-13, 8 am 8 pm 

The 103rd Annual Ottawa County Free Fair is set for August 6-13! Please contact the Ottawa County Extension office at 918.542.1688.

Ottawa County United Way
Corporate Challenge

August 6, 9 am-6 pm 

Ottawa County businesses will compete in four events for a chance to bring home the traveling trophy for the year. Sign up your team of at least 10 members for a chance be our inaugural Corporate Challenge Champion.

Easton Corbin in Concert

August 6, 8-11 pm, Buffalo Casino & Resort,
1100 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami

Buffalo Run Casino & Resort proudly presents Easton Corbin. He has been gracing stages with his memorable baritone and unique blend of traditional and modern country music for more than a decade. The Florida native, who boasts two No. 1 singles with “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll with It,” embarks on a new musical chapter with his recent signing to Stone Country Records. The doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm. For ticket prices or more information, call 918.542.7140.

Stuff the Bus

August 13, 9 am-5 pm, Miami Walmart, Miami

Ottawa County United Way, Bright Futures of Miami and Bright Futures of Commerce invite you to visit our Miami Walmart to help us Stuff the Bus for Ottawa County teachers and students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Rodeo Miami 2022 at Miami Fairgrounds, Presented by Vance Auto Group

August 26-27, all day, Miami Fairgrounds,
1129 E St. SW, Miami

Vance Auto Group is proud to be the presenting sponsor for Rodeo Miami 2022.

Black Crowes at Buffalo Run Casino

August 27, 8-11 pm, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami 

This show is outside rain or shine. No umbrellas, coolers, outside food or drink. You may bring lawn chairs or blankets in the general admission section. Must be ages 18+ to attend the event.

VIP packages available on a limited basis. For more information or ticket prices, call 918.542.7140.

 Cultural Events


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Carthage, MO

August 5-September 17: Spiritual Spaces by Al Gritten and Sandra Parrill, artCentral Carthage. A mixed media exhibition featuring the original art of artCentral artists Al Gritten and Sandra Parrill. Gritten is an award-winning painter and retired pastor who spent extended periods of time studying Native American spirituality on several reservations, which deeply impacted his art. Parrill is a passionate and prolific artist who seeks to draw out the souls of her subjects, revealing hidden secrets and dreams through the pens and brushes she holds in her fingers. Together, their work creates a stunning exhibit you won’t want to miss! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé,, 417.358.4404.

August 12-14 & 19-21: Nunsense, 6:30 pm; Sundays 1 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre. A madcap musical follows the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who host a fundraiser to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook. Reservations required; call or email  Tickets: Adults $29, seniors (55+) $26, students $24, youth $23, children (6-12) $12, children (0-5) free. Contact Tom Brown,, 417.358.9665.

August 20: Concerts in the Park feat. The Flyin’ Buzzards, 7 pm, Central Park. Enjoy a performance from The Flyin’ Buzzards. Grab your lawn chair to hear a variety of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes! Free and open to the public. Contact Wendi Douglas,, 417.529.7742.




August 4-6: Cannibal! The Musical, 7:30 pm, Dream Theatre Co. A true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America – Alfred Packer. The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, Packer tells his side of the harrowing tale. Please note: this show will include blood splatter; ponchos are included in the ticket price. Reservations required; visit to reserve your ticket. Tickets: $20. Contact Becki Arnall,, 417.622.6470.

August 7: SGTJ Variety Show, 7 pm, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin. Enjoy games, songs, skits and entertainment for the whole family – fundraiser for a great cause. Purchase your tickets at Tickets: Adults $10, kids $5. More information: Amanda Klein,

August 26: Back to School Bash, 6:30 pm, The ROCC. Students, teachers and parents, kick back and relax with live music, food trucks, a raffle and local vendors! Join The Non-Permitted Project for their second annual Back to School Bash featuring performances from local bands, including Eye Creatures, The Odyssey, Blister Soul, Violets Are Blue, and Trent Gaddie. This event is put on in support of mental health awareness and unity amongst the Joplin area community. All ages welcome. Purchase tickets in advance at Tickets: $10. Contact Caleb Miller,, 417.489.9068.

August 28: Robert Jon & The Wreck House Concert (ages 10+), 6:30 pm, Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. A double shot of Southern rock with a blues chaser. Roots rock jams, whiskey-drenched lyrics and fervent stage shows only scratch the surface of what makes RJ&TW one of the best live bands to emerge from Southern California in years. There is a suggested minimum donation of $30. Contact Jeff Morrow, In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


August 4: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, Downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live, acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic downtown Joplin! Free., 417.438.5931.

August 5: August First Friday, 7-10 pm, Just A Taste Webb City. Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! Join Vintage Swing Movement Joplin for a dance lesson at 7 pm at Just A Taste Webb City. After the lesson, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy live music from Jump Company during a social dance at 8 pm. Pre-registration encouraged; for information on how to register, visit This event is limited to the first 100 people who register. Tickets: Adults $8, students $5. More information: Ashley King,, 316.243.8175.

August 7, 14, 21 & 31: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm; 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free., 417.540.9186.

August 11: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers, from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries and is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Information:, 417.691.0480.

August 13: The Twists and Turns of Rollercoasters (ages 12+), 11:30 am-12:30 pm at CLA Creativity Lab, 905 S. Main St). Explore the science behind the thrills and chills of rollercoasters through hands-on science exhibits and activities! Cost: $5 per child. More information: Neely Myers,, 417.850.7137.

August 13: 7th Annual Joplin Area Arts & Cultural Preview, 10 am-noon, Joplin Public Library Community Room West, 1901 E. 20th St. Connect2Culture’s Joplin Area Arts & Cultural Preview is an annual event that gives arts and cultural organizations the chance to tell their story and share what they have planned for the year ahead. Each organization has a total of two minutes to present. The media, the Joplin arts and cultural community, artists, arts advocates and the community-at-large are invited and welcome to attend. This event educates the public about upcoming events and encourages collaboration between participating organizations, as well as informs the media of potential news stories. Organization registration is required; additional details to come. Free and open to the public. Contact Lauren Brown,, 417.501.5550.

August 18: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday, Joplin’s premier cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment and food. Free. More information:, 417.501.9649


July 30-October 29: Rhapsody: The Urban Fantasy Paintings of Rob Mango, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. A New York painter-sculptor, Rob Mango has shown extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, with his artwork held in private and corporate collections around the globe. Mango’s unique, three-dimensional paintings feature a variety of subject matter, including allegorical paintings of cities, male and female figures, and portraits. Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through August 31: Favorite Children’s Books Reimagined: What Do You See? by Lori Marble, Joplin Public Library, The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery, 1901 E. 20th St. Artist Lori Marble, the now-adult child of a librarian, lovingly remembers the books that shaped her childhood. She asked the librarians at Joplin Public and Post Art Libraries about their favorite children’s books, read them and painted them in an abstract, mixed-media style. Her love of symbolism and pattern is evident in each work on paper. The display is purposely hung at a child’s eye-view and will prompt each viewer to ask, “What do you see?” Free. Contact, 417.623.7953 x1041.

July 30-October 29: Reflections of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. In celebration of Joplin’s 150 years of colorful history, Local Color Art Gallery artists and their students exhibit art in glass, oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage and mixed media. The exhibit will feature interpretations of historic architecture, famous Joplin natives and the lead and zinc mining that made Joplin a boomtown. Free and open to the public; donations.

Columbus, KS 

Through August 31: Mixed Reflections by Ginger Copeland and Curt Penland, The Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple St. Two artists, one fantastic exhibit! See a variety of artwork from artists Ginger Copeland and Curt Penland in Mixed Reflections at The Maple UnCommon Guest House and Gallery. Free and open to the public. Contact Laura Lowry-Greene,,  620.762.3782.


Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street

August 13 & 27: Master Gardeners: Helping Others Learn to Grow, 1:15-2 pm. Master Gardener Eric Osen will lead discussions surrounding the major topics of home gardening. Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, Osen’s expert advice and knowledge can help begin or further your efforts in growing your own foods. For a full list of topics, visit Classes will be held in the courtyard Community Gardens, located off 3rd Street and South Division Avenue. Free. Info:, 417.986.3914.

Create N’ Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd Street

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event. Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. $28-$58., 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. Information:, 417.680.5434.

August 12: Paint Your Pet (ages 12+), 6:30–9:30 pm. Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 72 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Registration required; register at $45-$55. Contact John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main Street: 

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Stay up to three hours of painting time. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $20.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11 am-4:30 pm. Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils and micron inks during one- to two-hour private or group lessons. Ages 5 to 95. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing $20 per session; group rates available. More information:, 573.397.1940.

August 27: Precious Metal Clay class, 10 am; 12 pm; 2 pm; 4 pm. You will make a PMC pendant or earrings out of silver, bronze or copper PMC. A variety of handmade, one-of-a-kind molds will be provided for you to choose from to form impressions of wildflowers, botanicals or fossils in your metal art piece. Items will be fired by Deitra after class, and finished pieces can be picked up the following week in the gallery (or mailed).  $50 (bronze or copper), $100 (sterling silver); Deitra Biely; call 417.553.0835 or email Deitra at to sign up (first come, first serve basis). Class size limited to 5 students per class. Please indicate which metal you prefer to work with.

Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St.

August 6: Glass Cactus Planters with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 2-4 pm. Create a cute, glass cactus perfect for your summer décor – no water required! Don’t miss this fun, hands-on class with glass artist Jane McCaulley. Registration required; register at $35. Contact Jade Henning-Cantrell,, 417.623.0183.

August 11 & 12: Palette Knife Painting Masterclass with John Fitzgibbon (ages 16+), 9 am-4 pm. A two-day workshop, students will explore palette knife painting with artist John Fitzgibbon, who will demonstrate each step in the process and guide students through creating their own landscape paintings. Each student will make more than one painting and will be able to keep some of the supplies. Lunch will be provided each day. Registration required; visit to register. $250. Contact Jade Henning-Cantrell,, 417.623.0183.

Recurring Classes:

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.

Tuesdays: Creation Station, (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. $6 preregistration and $8 at the door., 417.623.0183.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 10 am-5:30 pm. Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils and micron inks with artist Roxenne Kendall during one- to two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information:, 573.397.1940.

Third Fridays: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall (ages 10+), 6-8:30 pm. Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or texting 573.397.1940. Supplies included. $35. Contact, 573.397.1940.


Health Events

Galena, KS

August 3: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss. 

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

August 9: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

August 11: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS    

August 24: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

August 9: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact 417.659.8086 for information and referral.

August 24: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

August 2: Expresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, and form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella at 417.347.2662.

August 2: AHA Family and Friends CPR, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Friends & Family CPR is open to the community. This is not a certification course, but a participation card will be given. Class will cover adult, child and infant CPR, choking and AED techniques. Cost of course is $20. To register, call Shelby Allen at 417.347.5646.

August 3: Freeman Advantage Health and Resource Fair, 7:30 am-11 am, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Travel the world all in one location to explore the great health benefits for those 50 years and older. The come-and-go event features health screenings, informative demonstrations, door prizes, FREE breakfast and MORE! Visit interactive booths with great information and fun activities to improve your health. All activities are free except for the $10 health screenings. If you choose to participate in the screenings, remember to fast 8 hours prior to arriving. For additional information, contact Jamie Gillmore at 417.347.5837.

August 3: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 12-12:45 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Rooms, 1532 W. 32nd St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Call 417.347.5700 for more information.

August 4:  Freeman Early Detection Screenings, by appointment, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.

August 10: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

August 16: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

August 18: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10:30 am-noon, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at or 417.347.8463.

August 20: Freeman Prenatal Class, 8 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, 1102 W. 32nd St. Freeman offers free prenatal education classes each month to help expectant mothers and families prepare for the arrival of a new baby. These classes can ease the tension and fear surrounding labor and delivery, as well as aid in your overall comfort when the time comes. You will learn rhythmic breathing techniques and learn about the choices available to you. Please register for the class at

August 23: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center, Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery. Contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

August 23: Freeman Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Hospital West, 1102 W. 32nd St. Taught by a certified lactation consultant, Freeman’s free breastfeeding class provides information on how to establish your milk supply, how to help a baby latch and how to establish pumping. The class also teaches signs of adequate milk intake, as well as prevention and treatment suggestions for common breastfeeding problems, such as engorgement, sore nipples and clogged ducts. Please register for the class at 

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

August 22: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544. 

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

Caregivers’ Support Group: Caregiver support is now being offered over the phone or in a one-on-one session. Those interested in receiving caregiver support are invited to call Stacey at the Barone Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

Every Tuesday: Farmers’ Market, 3-6 pm. Join us each Tuesday afternoon during the summer months for a look at the freshest produce grown by area farmers. Vendors normally set up their tables at the north end of the parking lot at Nevada Regional Medical Center.

August 18: Luxury Linen Sale, 8 am-3 pm. The NRMC Auxiliary will be hosting a luxury linen sale Thursday, August 18, in the hospital Mezzanine hallway. This sale is a great time to stock up on new bedding supplies and to get those college students ready for their return to campus. Drop by and check out the large selection of merchandise! Proceeds assist the Auxiliary In its efforts to support the hospital.   

August 23: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: blood pressure, plus this month’s screening focus: eye exam.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK 

August 9 & 23: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

August 11: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

August 11: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

August 2: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 

Crisis Text Line Text 741741
Free 24/7 support for those in crisis to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code •